Tarantula, scorpion and Atlas beetle grub bring Amazon rainforest to Monmouth

Year 8 pupils at Monmouth School for Girls enjoyed a thought-provoking day on the Amazon. The girls explored the issues facing rainforests as they gained a greater understanding of the Amazon’s fascinating and endangered ecosystem.

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9th December 2020 — The sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest have been brought to life in a fascinating and thought-provoking day at Monmouth School for Girls.

Geography pupils in Year 8 were treated to an authentic experience as part of their insight into Brazil and tropical rainforests.

The girls explored the issues facing rainforest tribes, deforestation and heard stories as they gained a greater understanding of the Amazon’s fascinating and endangered ecosystem.

“The highlights for girls were definitely the stick insects, red leg tarantula, scorpion, and Atlas beetle grub,” said Head of Geography, Mr Nick Meek.

“Due to the current social distancing, the girls were not allowed to hold the tarantula, but some of them seemed very happy about this.”

The day was delivered by the Rainforest Roadshow’s Dave Shaw, a trained entomologist.

“Dave spoke at length about current issues facing rainforests, deforestation and forest fires in the Amazon, the impacts of palm oil plantations and the new dam projects,” said Mr Meek.

“The girls were very interested by the uncontacted tribes that still live in parts of the Amazon, although their lives and culture are very much in the balance. Dave made the rainforest come alive in Monmouth."

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